20 May 2021

ERNOP Science and Society Seminar – Taxation, philanthropy and implications for practice

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10-11 AM CET

In this third monthly seminar of the ERNOP Science and Society Seminar Giedre Lideikyte Huber from the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Geneva, and Hanna Surmatz of Philanthropy Advocacy will discuss “Taxation, philanthropy and implications for practice”. 

Having knowledge of tax issues may favour structuring and attracting funds for the benefit of philanthropic organisations. Also, the tax treatment of philanthropic entities and transactions can be different from country to country and this could influence the choice of jurisdiction for philanthropic initiatives and avoid hurdles. The seminar will discuss the justification of tax relief for philanthropic initiatives, a fact which is sometimes questioned to the detriment of the non-profit field.


Members of ERNOP produce the best of research on philanthropy within the continent, but only limited output makes it to the board rooms, decision tables and policies of philanthropic organizations. The gap between production and usage of academic knowledge is a waste of valuable resources. The ERNOP Science and Society Seminars 2021 are a monthly series of online seminars in which researchers from ERNOP philanthropy research centres and academic chairs present their state-of-the-art work through online presentations.